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“The rising spectre of superbugs in India” comments on Chennai declaration
An article ‘Social determinants of antibiotic misuse:
a qualitative study of community members in Haryana, India’ published in BMC Public Health journal comments on “Chennai declaration”
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs cast a dreaded spell
News on superbugs and Chennai declaration in The Hindu news paper
The mania to over-medicate
Live Mint article on antibiotic overuse quotes Coordinator of Chennai declaration
“And it’s not just excessive prescription of antibiotics, but underproduction of critical drugs that is causing this crisis, says Abdul Ghafur, consultant, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, Apollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai……
Antibiotics misuse is a public health threat
Khaleej Times article on antibiotic resistance comments on Chennai declaration…
“Dr Abdul Ghafur, Chennai-based infectious diseases consultant and coordinator of the ‘Chennai Declaration Recommendations’ — which was a move by several medical bodies to help formulate a national policy to tackle AMR— told Khaleej Times that most hospitals in India still do not take infection control very seriously”
Step-By-Step, India Tackles Its Antibiotic Problem
Science 151 website comments on Chennai declaration
“The basic principal of the Chennai Declaration is that you need to have an Indian-ised antibiotic policy,” said Dr Ghafur……
How India Became The Antibiotics Capital Of The World And Wasted The Wonder Cure
Huffington Post comments on Antibiotics resistance crisis in India and on Chennai declaration
The burdens of antibiotic resistance faced by developing countries
The Long+Short website comments on Antibiotic resistance issue and the importance of Chennai declaration
“Starter Resources on Antimicrobial Resistance” preparedby React group includes “Chennai declaration”
Indian Civil Service examination candidates now need to know what “Chennai declaration” is; considering its importance in the current affairs…
Carbapenem Resistance Patterns in General Intensive Care Unit of a Tertiary Care Hospital in India
An article on AMR in a medical journal comments on Chennai declaration..
Antimicrobial resistance control at Nepal Society for Internal Medicine (SIMON) conference 2015
Coordinator of Chennai declaration delivers a lecture in the SIMON conference
Beating antibiotic resistance in India through innovation and sustainable change
Dr Himangi Bhardwaj, Senior Health Adviser, British High Commission, India and Professor Dilip Nathwani OBE, President of BSAC in article in Global Helath Action comments on Chennai declaration
A looming threat
An article in Deccan Herald comments on Chennai declaration
Initiatives to fight antimicrobial resistance
ESCMID(European Society of Clinical microbiology and Infectious Diseases) includes Chennai declaration in the list of leading initiatives in the world to tackle AMR
AMR control 2015″ , an excellent document written by well known international experts, released during World Health Assembly meeting 2015 . The chapter on Chennai declaration was contributed by Dr Ghafur, the coordinator of the declaration.
Teixobactin has raised hopes on several counts.and is, undoubtedly, a giant step, but that should not deter us from acting now on stopping misuse of available antibiotics says Dinesh C Sarma in Daily News Analysis.
Report from renowned economist Jim O’Neill has laid out a stark future of a world where bacterial resistance to antibiotics will cause 10 million more deaths a year. This grim vision will have a huge burden on our economy, costing up to $100 trillion by 2050 from loss of population.
Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve one of the greatest issues of our time-the rising antibiotic resistance !Read more on…..
An article in Lancet, written by a group of Nigerian experts reports that ,implementing Chennai declaration recommendations have helped Nigeria to control Ebola outbreak.
British Parliament discussion on antibiotic resistance issue comments on Chennai declaration. Jane Ellison MP, who is also the British parliamentary under-secretary of health appreciated Chennai declaration efforts to rationalise antibiotic usage in India.
Nigeria lauds city help in Ebola fight :Experts from Nigeria, which could successfully control the Ebola outbreak, have acknowledged the role of the Chennai Declaration, an Indian initiative for tackling the challenge of antibiotics resistance in the country, in improving infection control:The Hindu.
Time to act on the ‘other’ health crisis – Publication of the Chennai Declaration led to changes in Indian law aimed at ending the sale of over the counter antibiotics …Editors note to CNN Tracey Guise is CEO of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Laura J.V. Piddock is Director of Antibiotic Action and Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham.
The recommendations of internationally acclaimed ‘Chennai Declaration’ “A roadmap to tackle the challenges of antimicrobial resistance” have now come into public domain. We feel inspired by them and congratulate the team that worked on it says Dr P Narang ,President of Indian association of Medical Microbiology.
Academy of clinical Microbiologists reiterate support to the Chennai Declaration efforts and recommend implementation of its strategies in Inidan hospitals-Says t,Dr Renu Mathew,President,Academy of Clinical Microbiologists.
Dr Ann Glover,Chief scientific adviser to the president of European commission ; Henrik Wegener,the mastermind behind veterinary antibiotic regulation in Europe, Dr Abdul Ghafur,coordinator ,Chennai Declaration and Birgitta Normak from Sweden discussed about various aspects of the resistance challenge.
Dr Gowrishankar ,Director,Centre for DNA fingerprinting and Diagnostics discusses about Indian initiatives ,Policies and perspectives on Antimicrobial Resistance in, Joint Programme Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) meet at Brussels.
Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists in the XXXVII National Conference held from 22nd ‑24th November 2013 endorsed the Chennai declaration Dr Reba Kanungo writes on endorsing Chennai Declaration and implementing the strategy.
Keynote speakers at the event -Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer & Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health, UK and Dr Abdul Ghafur, Coordinator, «Chennai Declaration» Chennai, India.To learn more….
Chennai Declaration” 2012 is a national initiative taken by the medical community and the Indian government. Following the example, others can also take a step forward.-International Journal Critical Illness Injury Science.
Dr Arjun Srinivasan, Associate director of Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programmes in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention comments on Chennai Declaration.
Strategic initiatives in developing countries are attracting growing attention—eg, the roadmap constructed to tackle the global challenge from an Indian perspective” -The Lancet Global health quotes Chennai declaration’s initiative.
The ESCMID President, Professor Gunnar Kahlmeter, congratulates all those involved in the OTC rule and says :”The Chennai Declaration and the new Indian OTC rule are signals reaching far beyond the borders of India.
The global antibiotic resistance epidemic: How can we stem the tide? – Dr.Joshua Freeman Clinical Microbiologist, Auckland District Health Board – Discusses the need for political commitment and the need for internationally cordinated programmes to combat antibiotic resistance.The Chennai declaration efforts in this regard is also discussed.
This is the draft version of “five-year plan” prepared by the Chennai Declaration team. We have also incorporated suggestions received from other experts and the public. We have already submitted the draft plan to the Ministry of Health.
Please give us your suggestions so that “The Chennai Declaration-Five year plan” will be more comprehensive and practical.While preparing the plan we have followed the basic principle of Chennai Declaration initiative: A practical, implementable and step-by-step strategy to tackle antibiotic resistance for India and other developing countries.
Coordinator of Chennai Declaration cajoled,pleaded and expounded in Australian Infectious Diseases Society’s Annual meeting.
Antimicrobial resistance is a serious global challenge. Every continent and country faces the menace of antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs,’ though the extent and the severity of the problem varies. There is, at present, no functioning national antibiotic policy nor any national policy to contain antimicrobial resistance in India. A draft policy published in 2011 has been put on hold due to practical issues in implementing some of the major recommendations.
Indian medical experts and politicians reacted emotionally to the international uproar caused over two years ago by a study of the extent of antimicrobial resistance.
Support Chennai Declaration on antimicrobial resistance from the U.K.
Highlighting the need for strong action on antimicrobial resistance, the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer for England says that local and national initiatives around the world, such as the Chennai Declaration, must be supported..
“Given the population flows between the U.K. and India, it can be seen that such initiatives can have a direct influence on U.K. health,” says the second of the two volumes of the CMO’s Annual Report on the state of the public’s health released on March 2013.
“Until recently, the international academic community was criticizing India for not making any significant contribution towards tackling antimicrobial resistance efforts. Now the whole world is praising an Indian initiative,’’ Dr. Abdul Ghafur, coordinator of the Chennai Declaration, told The Hindu. “Our image among the international community has definitely turned positive now. This is the time to consolidate this image by coming out with a national antibiotic policy incorporating the Chennai Declaration,” he said.
The Declaration covers a wide range of measures needed to be taken by various actors inside and outside of the Indian Government – among the issues in focus are rationalizing antibiotic usage including OTC (over the counter) sales, awareness and implementation of antibiotic stewardship , mandatory infection control in hospitals, standardized microbiology, broadened resistance surveillance, education of professionals and the public, veterinary usage of antibiotics, and the need of a National Task Force.
The Indian government has decided to study and discuss the document, with global appreciation pouring in for the Chennai Declaration on controlling antibiotic resistance.
Describing the Chennai Declaration as a landmark step towards combatting the spread of antimicrobial resistance in India and worldwide, the British Medical Journal has said it demonstrates excellent progress and leadership on behalf of Indian doctors, who have translated worldwide guidelines on antimicrobial stewardship into solutions that can be readily implemented in India.
Antibiotic Resistance – a Threat to Global Health Security and the Case for Action was held on 21st may 2013 as a part of World health assembly meeting. The meeting discussed on the importance of Chennai declaration recommendations to tackle antimicrobial resistance in developing countries.